Protolabs opens new European 3D printing center worth 16 million euros


A UK digital manufacturing services company has opened a new 3D printing center in Europe.

Protolabs, headquartered in Telford, yesterday announced the opening of its new € 16 million additive manufacturing facility in Putzbrunn near Munich.

Protolabs says the new facility will increase its 3D printing capacity by up to 60%.

The company, which employs around 450 people at its UK headquarters in Telford, says the investment will help UK customers access even faster delivery times and more than 60 industrial 3D printers offering metal and plastic parts. plastic through a range of additive manufacturing technologies.


Protolabs’ new facility in Putzbrunn will help UK customers access even faster delivery times and more than 60 industrial 3D printers offering metal and plastic parts. Image courtesy of Protolabs


Now is the perfect time, with customers in the automotive, aerospace, power, industrial, medical and energy sectors looking to invest after the lockdown is eased.

“We are very pleased with the opening of our new European 3D printing center in Putzbrunn and the strategic importance it will have for customers in the UK”, explained Bjoern Klaas, Vice President and General Manager from Protolabs Europe.

“The new production facility expands our capacity and enables further growth for pioneering 3D printing technologies in the future. Our UK customers will benefit from an even wider range of services and this latest investment will no doubt help us deliver on our promise to deliver low volume prototypes and production parts within days.

Protolabs has also reinforced its commitment to the environment with several sustainable features included in the design of the Putzbrunn plant, building on its ISO 14001 certification and its desire to save resources while reducing its CO2 footprint.

This is already evident in the energy consumption alone, which has been reduced by taking advantage of the heat recovery and waste heat utilization capabilities, as well as the intelligent linking of engineering processes.

The new location, which keeps noise emissions below 26 decibels, also includes charging facilities for electric and hybrid vehicles in its own parking lot and uses a mix of green electricity.

“The opening of the 3D printing center illustrates our long-term business strategy, which is focused on rapidly changing technologies, rapidly changing markets, environmental considerations and world-class employees,” added Klaas. .

“In doing so, we want to live up to our social responsibility and provide unparalleled service through digital manufacturing. This approach allows our customers to develop their products faster, get to market faster, reduce manufacturing costs and achieve a flexible supply chain throughout the product lifecycle.

Protolabs has been operating in Telford since 2005 and delivers custom components within one day, using automated 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding technologies.


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